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Photography by Shaun Mader
Press & Quotes
"Dirty Mae have made a name for their striking, cabaret-inspired performances and rare blend of New Orleans blues and soulful folk traditions."
- RJ Frometa, Vents Magazine
"There’s a lot of genre diversity in Dirty Mae’s music, but regardless of the sound, what is always present is that the listener can FEEL it."
"Fireman colors delightfully outside the lines and injects both the traditional storyline and the popular radio hit with a bit of potent femininity and a dusty western coating. Alongside band mates Ben Curtis and Robbie Frost, the group creep through the creaky woodlands for song ("Big Red") that wields urgency and intimacy."
- Jason Scott, B-Sides & Badlands
"Leaving the event, I felt an utter sense of joy and strength knowing these powerful and talented people are thriving..."
- Sarvani Ramcharran, Indie Witches
Dirty Mae, the indie folk sensation born and bred in NYC, weaves a musical tapestry blending bluegrass, blues, rock, Latin, and Americana roots. Within three years, they outgrew Harlem, headlining iconic venues like Lucille's at BB Kings and (le) poisson rouge. The trio, co-founded by Cassie Fireman, Robin Frost, and Ben Curtis, infuses their performances with theatrical flair, making each show an engaging experience.
From their hit single "Big Red" to the upcoming album "Grits & Gravy," Dirty Mae's genre-bending magic captivates audiences nationwide. Their dynamic sound, featuring banjo, harmonica, guitar, and more, defies genre categorization—call it "New Orleans Ghost Folk," "indie folk," or "Americana," it's a musical journey that keeps you swinging.
Recently rocking local haunts in the Hudson Valley like Colony & Amanda Palmer’s, Graveside Variety, Dirty Mae's playful yet powerful presence is a must-see. As one fan puts it, "I’ve been going to festivals for 30 years, and Dirty Mae is one of the best groups I’ve ever seen." (M. Cachionne)
"Dirty Mae has made a name for their striking, cabaret-inspired performances and rare blend of New Orleans blues and soulful folk traditions." - RJ Frometa, Vents Magazine
"There isn’t a more original, creative trio making music like this right now, which means it is imperative for any and all music lovers to see them live." - The Aquarian
"SOLD OUT NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall 5 years in a row."
Selected by Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) to perform at her venue Graveside Variety in Woodstock NY
Featured Artist, Grassroots Fest 2023
Headlined Colony in Woodstock
Handpicked by Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) for his personal music festival (Underwater Sunshine)
“Don’t touch! I’ll be right back!” my dad said pointing to his cold beer. As he disappeared into the bathroom I guzzled down his Bud Light as fast as a 5 year old could. I was free as a bird twirling around in my purple dress singing to everyone. I had the dinner crowd in the palms of my hands for a whole 3 minutes before hitting the ground and vomiting on an old man's shoe. I guess I've always been trying to get back to that magical moment of feeling like I'm one with everyone else and singing does that for me. I'm still just a big kid who wants to play and music is my playground. I'm lucky I get to do this with my band who I love even more than avocados.
The son of a preacher man, sharing the "good news," has always come naturally to Ben. Born with a banjo on his back and a harmonica in his hand, this Tennessee boy has been making music since he could could reach a piano. "Being a preacher's kid, I've always been a rebel and through music, I saw that it made people smile. It brings folks together. Plus, I can still break the rules and get away with it." But it didn't come without a price. "I've always worn my heart on my sleeve. I'm secretly a big softy. It makes for great music but tough on the soul. But every time I play, I'm reminded that, through connection, the pain disappears and we all become one." It is through this bond that Ben found his wife, Cassie and brother-from-another-mother, Robbie. 3 peas in a pod. "Because of you guys, I'll never be the same. In a good way." http://bencurtis.co
I remember the first time I shared my love of music with other people. I was about four or five years old and my dad had just shown me James Brown’s “I feel good.” I couldn’t stop singing it and trying to dance like James Brown. I went around to as many family members as I could, did my impression and it always made people smile. I've always loved sharing music with people whether it be playing, jamming or listening to it with them.
Top Venues & Draw
Old Timers Fest WV: 300 PEOPLE
Fingerlakes Grassroots Fest NY: 200 PEOPLE
BB Kings NYC: 200 PEOPLE
DDC Festival MD: 200 PEOPLE
Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest: 150 PEOPLE
The Haunt Ithaca: 200 PEOPLE
Rockwood Music Hall NYC: 125 PEOPLE
Le Poisson Rouge NYC: 100 PEOPLE
Norwood Club NYC: 120 PEOPLE
Colony Woodstock NY: 75 PEOPLE